BPI-DOST Innovation Award recognizes outstanding students

The 3 outstanding students received the prestigious 2023 BPI-DOST Innovation Award for their groundbreaking project.
These exceptional students not only impressed the judges with their innovative project, but also demonstrated exceptional creativity, problem-solving skills, and dedication to making a positive impact on the world.
The BPI-DOST Innovation Award recognizes outstanding students who are passionate about using science and technology to solve real-world problems. This year’s winners are a true inspiration to aspiring innovators everywhere.


Project Title: Microplastic Analyzer Kit (M.A.K.)




CNU, Alegria partnership: Bridging
Education and Prosperity in Southern Cebu

From the north to the south of Cebu, the collaboration between Cebu Normal University (CNU) and the Municipality of Alegria is laying the groundwork for an important educational project which is the founding of CNU-Alegria.

Mayor Gilberto F. Magallon, Vice Mayor Verna V. Magallon, and members of the Sangguniang Bayan met with CNU President Daniel A. Ariaso, Sr., and Vice President for Administration, Finance and External Affairs Joseph Elvir C. Tubilan to begin key negotiations. Their main objective is to establish the framework for CNU’s development into southern Cebu.

Magallon passionately conveyed the desire of Alegria’s residents to have CNU established within their municipality, emphasizing his commitment to realizing this aspiration for his community. In response, Ariaso expressed eagerness with specifications such as a designated location for the extension and a comprehensive feasibility study outlining potential academic programs. This pivotal step will pave the way for Alegriahanons to access and benefit from enhanced educational opportunities.

The significance of establishing CNU in Alegria transcends local boundaries. Beyond catering to the educational needs of Alegriahanons, the institution’s presence promises to draw students from neighboring towns and provinces. This influx of learners not only enriches the academic atmosphere but also ignites economic growth within the town.

The arrival of students creates an increase in demand for a variety of services, including accommodation, food, transportation, and more. As a result, this growth creates jobs and stimulates local businesses, thereby boosting Alegria’s economy.
The collaboration between CNU and the Municipality of Alegria is poised to reshape the educational and economic dynamics of the region symbolizing a promising future for Alegria and its populace.

CNU President elevates leadership profile

Individuals who strive for excellence in a variety of fields play an important role in shaping the future in a world fueled by innovation and dynamic leadership.

One such individual is Dr. Daniel Ariaso Sr., SUC President III of Cebu Normal University, who was recently honored for his commitment to professional development in the areas of Leadership, Innovation, Communication, and Knowledge Management.

Dr. Ariaso, a dedicated professional seeking to broaden his expertise, has received a Certificate of Participation for successfully completing the Certificate Course on Leadership, Innovation, Communication, and Knowledge Management Batch 4.

This intensive and insightful course was conducted by the esteemed Graduate School of Public and Development Management at the Development Academy of the Philippines (DAP) from July 12, 2023 to December 9, 2023 through Online platform.

His receipt of the certificate stands as a confirmation to his dedication, perseverance, and eagerness to excel in his professional journey. His commitment to lifelong learning is an inspiration and a reminder of the transformative power of education and skill development in shaping a successful and impactful career.

Dr. Daniel Ariaso Sr. Leads CNU in Recognizing New Hires and Promotions at Flag Ceremony

The Cebu Normal University (CNU) community extended a warm welcome to all newly hired staff members as well as those who received promotions on December 4, 2023, during the flag ceremony.

The administration of Dr. Daniel Ariaso Sr, SUC President III, necessitates that every new employee and those who have been promoted be recognized before they can begin their new responsibilities at the university.
On December 1, the university welcomed Atty. Christiana Jude D. Bien as University Board Secretary V; Atty. Robin R. Reyes as Legal Assistant III for the Legal Unit and Mark Francis G. Onde as Librarian 1. Atty. Roche E. Ocampo is the new Supervising Administrative Officer-Finance; Mary Jhoanne T. Dela Cruz was promoted from College Librarian to Records Officer III; Rocelyn D. Cabarubias is Cashier III; Michelle B. Monteza is Budget Officer I; Elma A. Polinar is Administrative Aides VI; and Russel T. Cortes is Administrative Aides VI.
Additionally, CNU extends a warm welcome to Drs. Lance Aldwin S. Adlaon, Jemer Grace S. Arellano, Mary Ruth F. Barandino; Ruby C. Facturan; Veronica Marina C. Floro; Jan Michael T. Lao; Christie Luz D. Rosal; Al Anthony A. Sacris, Dr. Alissah S. Sigaya, and Dr. Matthew Kendrick Kyle C. Tiu, the new faculty members for the College of Medicine. Their academic rank is Associate Professor IV.
Moreover, Roesher Melle Tampus was accepted to become an Instructor 1.

CNU explores collaborative pathways with the Winning English Academy and Taiwanese principals
and school owners

Cebu Normal University (CNU) and Winning English Academy (WEA) — represented by Mr. Malcolm Liang and Ms. Hannah Silva — alongside Taiwanese principals and school owners held a productive meeting last 1 December 2023 to explore potential pathways for collaboration.

The discussions focused on a Sit-In Class Program in CNU for Taiwanese elementary students, a Teacher’s English Training in CNU for Taiwanese teachers, as well as an exchange program for CNU Faculty in Taiwan. These proposals were aimed to be conducted during summer or winter. The significance of a possible virtual student internship and demonstrations were also discussed. Both parties expressed excitement in this cooperation. CNU was represented by Dr. Rufina Rosaroso, the Vice President for Academic Affairs and Internationalization, Dr. Nancy Cadosales, the Supervisor of the Integrated Laboratory School, and IZN Focal Persons, Dr. Jollibee Aharul and Dr. Jennifer Gonzales.

CNU strives in its cooperative efforts for strategic internationalization with international partners. The openness of the academic units, which allows the University to forge meaningful links across international borders, further supports this commitment.

CNU Nursing Topnotchers in PNLE: ‘We owe it to them’

Illuminating Cebu Normal University’s (CNU) excellence, six Nightingales’ uncaged their uncertainties as they retained their feat in the Philippine Nursing Licensure Examination 2023 (PNLE) on Saturday, December 3.

Bouncing back from the COVID-19 pandemic, CNU Nightingales sealed a spot in the top 10 of PNLE 2023.

These include, Christel Jirah Dajao Codilla 6th placer with an average score of 90.00%, Katrina Marie Sumicad Arbon and Rhainne Baring Pejante both secured the 8th spot with an average score of 89.60%, while Patrice Danielle Lee Lim and Alyssa Joyce Pelotenia Sandueta score 89.40% placing 9th, and Julia Elloise Cassandra Cabonada Borbajo with an average score of 89.20% in the 10th place.

 “Personally, what I lost during the pandemic was motivation. But it came back during the review season, when we were attending review classes,” said Lim.

Lim added that her other classmates in the review center have motivated her in making CNU proud.

With a perfect passing percentage, the 68 NLE passers of batch Luscinia have proven their grit in maximizing resources in their four years at CNU amid the circumstances brought by the pandemic.

The six empowering female topnotchers have shared their quality-training as soon as they stepped foot into the university’s premises bringing its tradition to exemplary learning.

“Our Clinical Instructors told us that the college produces topnotchers, so everyone goes through programs that make topnotchers,” said Codilla.

The Ormocanon also added that the quizzes, application, and the standards are high that every nursing student in CNU should go through a needle’s hole.

Further, Sandueta said that CNU plays a huge role in what they have achieved as they were expected to become “achievers” in the university.

“I think it’s natural for us to aim as high as possible. I think this was the drive to do our best, for ourselves specifically in studying,” the top 9 from Cebu City said.

Meanwhile, Arbon from Talisay City asserted that their university professors sharpened their minds with “high-heeled questions” similar to the previous board examinations.

“Of course, we can never predict what comes out during the board exams but at least, in terms of difficulty we are equipped on how to answer items that were conducively taught to us in a span of four years, which were helpful,” said Arbon.

 Aside from academic preparations, the topnotchers also expressed their beliefs which helped them land a spot in the licensure exam.

 “In terms of rituals, what I did was the traditional beliefs when taking an examination like to wear something red and put a peso coin on the shoe. Also, when entering the examination room, stepping on the right foot first means good luck,” said the top 10 from Mandaue City.

Nightingale passers also underscored their faith in God and good sleep to have a well-rested mind before taking an extensive examination, enunciating that what they are going through is “a battle of the mind”.

“Truth be told, two to three weeks before the exams, you will realize that you will never learn everything all at once. So when I got into the realization, I entrusted the results to God and so prayer became the main instrument,” shared Arbon.


Following a quake that hit the province a magnitude of overwhelming emotions were also felt after the results of PNLE with almost 32,000 examinees.

In the lens of CNU board passers, they have anxiously waited for the results to come out but to a surprise has arrived unexpectedly.

“No one was expecting it (the results) since it was a rest day. Around 10:00 p.m, a notification from the official Facebook page of the Professional Regulation Commission (PRC) arrived. While I tried to access the link,  I suddenly felt the ground shake but everyone was beyond happy as they found out I topped the board exams,” said Sandueta.

The six topnotchers have also expressed their gratitude to their CIs and mentors of the College of Nursing, especially in pouring out their knowledge in their batch.

“From the preparation on how they escalate the exams to how homework is done, it was tough, but it prepared us to top the board exam. We owe this to you,” said Lim on behalf of the topnotchers.

Meanwhile, the topnotchers also congratulated the current nursing students who have gotten far studying in Cebu Normal University. They also reminded their fellow Nightingales that as much as everyone wants to focus on their studies, they said to not push themselves too hard, always take breaks, and never compromise well-being.

“If we did it, I’m sure that they would too and we are all rooting for you,” said Sandueta on their behalf.

 Meanwhile, Dr. Emiliano Ian B. Suson II, Dean of the College of Nursing and Allied Health Sciences, sees the result as “the best Christmas gift of the year” for them.

The CNU topnotchers have a shared predicament on taking National Council Licensure Examination (NCLEX) unto their next journey as medical practitioners.

Written by: Denise Mae Codis, Kristin de Dios, and Jonnavie Villa BA Communication IV – Journalism

CNU’s 2023 Nursing Grads Nail 100% Pass Rate with 6 Topnotchers

Cebu Normal University’s Nursing graduates from the class of 2023 have reached another milestone, having a 100% passing rate in the Philippine Nurse Licensure Examination.

This remarkable achievement is matched by the remarkable distinction of producing six topnotchers in the board exams, with Christel Jirah Dajao Codilla ranking sixth, Katrina Marie Sumicad Arbon and Rhainne Baring Pejante ranking eighth, Alyssa Joyce Pelotenia Sandueta and Patrice Danielle Lim ranking ninth, and Julia Elloise Cassandra Cabonada Borbajo ranking tenth.

Cebu Normal University has long been known for its commitment to academic achievement and continuous support for students seeking instruction and expertise in the field of nursing. This latest achievement demonstrates the university’s dedication to establishing a culture of academic excellence and holistic growth among its students.

It is no small effort to achieve a 100 percent passing record and produce topnotchers in the Philippine Nurse Licensure Examination (PNLE). It is the result of years of hard work, tenacity, and unshakable dedication on the part of both students and faculty members who guided and supported them throughout their academic careers. CNU College of Nursing and Allied Health Sciences got a 100 percent passing percentage in the PNLE for the past 12 years, from 2010 to 2020 and 2022-2023, with senior high school graduates.

The graduates’ success in the board exams indicates not only the students’ academic competencies, but also the quality of Cebu Normal University’s nursing curriculum. The program’s extensive curriculum, hands-on training, cutting-edge facilities, and faculty comprised of industry experts all played important roles in developing these graduates into competent and highly qualified individuals eager to make a significant influence in the field of healthcare.

The Nursing graduates of Batch 2023 are an inspiration not only to future nursing students, but also to the academic community. It emphasizes the significance of endurance, devotion, and the pursuit of excellence in reaching extraordinary milestones.

As these alumni start on their professional travels, they bring with them not just the information and skills provided by their alma mater, but also the values of compassion, integrity, and a commitment to providing quality in healthcare to their communities.

CNU Empowers Change through Violence Against Women Campaign

In a powerful and poignant morning right after the flag ceremony, Cebu Normal University (CNU) took a stand against the pervasive issue of violence against women. Spearheaded by Dr. Marino A. Garcia, the Gender and Development Director, the Violence Against Women Campaign (VAW-C) kicked off on November 28, 2023, at 8:00 AM. Dr. Garcia set the tone for the day with a stirring welcome message, rallying the community to join hands in eradicating the scourge of violence that plagues women.

“Let us stand together, unwavering in our commitment to end violence against women. In our collective strength, we find hope and determination to build a future where love triumphs over fear, and every woman and child can live free from the shackles of violence,” declared Dr. Garcia, setting the stage for a day dedicated to advocacy and empowerment.

Dr. Diane Lawrence Ramos from the Medellin campus emerged as the champion, showcasing exceptional dedication to the cause. The first runner-up position was secured by Rongie Abella from the College of Teacher Education department, while Nelson Sombilon from the Administration Non-Teaching Staff claimed the second runner-up title.

The competition was a platform for contestants from diverse backgrounds, including the College of Arts and Sciences, College of Nursing, Integrated Laboratory School, Balamban Campus, and the Students’ Sector, to voice their commitment to being advocates for change. Each participant delivered a compelling speech outlining their strategies and goals to contribute to the VAW-C Free initiative.

This event marks the commencement of an 18-day campaign against violence towards women. On November 30, 2023, participants will engage in activities such as short film presentations, group poster displays, and singing competitions. The same dedicated contestants will showcase their talents and creativity in these events, contributing to the multifaceted approach of the campaign.

CNU President receives recognition from CESB

Dr. Daniel Ariaso, Sr. was honored by the Career Executive Service Board (CESB) for his valuable contribution, remarkable commitment, and active involvement in supporting the CESB’s On-the-Job Performance Validation process as certified CES Validator during the CESB’s 50th Anniversary held on November 28, 2023 in Fiesta Pavilion, The Manila Hotel, Manila.
The award is a testament to Dr. Ariaso’s unwavering commitment to excellence and innovation, and it represents a significant milestone in his illustrious career. His contributions go beyond his professional endeavors. He is well-known for his mentorship and commitment to developing the next generation of executives.
His willingness to share knowledge and provide guidance has left an indelible impression on those who have had the good fortune to cross paths with him. He joined the CESB in 2011 and has already been recognized as an outstanding CES validator twice in the years 2021 and 2022.
Looking ahead, as president of Cebu Normal University, Dr. Ariaso include driving innovation, fostering collaboration, and making significant contributions to his field. His dedication to pushing the limits of what is possible inspires all aspiring executives, reinforcing the belief that perseverance and dedication are required for success.

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CNU shines at ASEAN Commemorative Contest 2023

Cebu Normal University (CNU) demonstrated its artistic prowess during the Commission on Higher Education (CHED) Regional Office (RO) 7’s Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) Commemorative Contest 2023, aired via Zoom and Facebook live last November 24.

Themed “ASEAN Matters: Epicenter of Growth,” the 56th Founding Anniversary of ASEAN and the month-long celebration culminated with a Regional Awarding and Closing Ceremony.

Higher education institutions (HEIs) from the region competed in the Song Writing, Spoken Word Poetry, On-the-Spot Digital Poster Making, and Video Production Exhibition.
In the Spoken Word Poetry category, CNU’s Dr. Janet Mananay, Bachelor of Secondary Education (BSEd) and Diploma in Professional Education (DPE) Chair, clinched first place with the piece ‘ASEAN: Diamonds in the Southeast.’
The winning piece, co-authored by fourth-year BSEd major in English students Jia Palange and Alexandria Montemar, with technical video direction by Fe Obial and Chevy Jairi, and subsequent editing by Mark Costanilla, drew inspiration from their numerous drafts of poems.
Moreover, Palange told Ang Suga how they reviewed the ASEAN history, objectives, and adversities that made it develop into a central organization.
“Just like how diamonds are discovered and formed, that is how ASEAN made it to be, that is ASEAN right now – [a] diamond,” she furthered.
Meanwhile, BSEd English II duo Franckeinstein Alolor and co-writer Karylle Laborte secured third place in the same category with their piece ‘ASEAN Symphony: Nurturing Growth, Celebrating Diversity.’
Laborte disclosed that she adapted her style to convey camaraderie incorporated into symbolisms, while Alolor synchronized the music with the piece’s mood.
Harmony in achievement
The CNU Chorale bagged second place in the Song Writing Competition with their piece “In the Heart of Asia: A Song of Unity.”
The production was guided by CNU Chorale Coach Mrs. Darlane Yap and led by members and songwriters Sean Andrex Martinez (Bachelor of Arts in Literature III), Kirsten Jed Therese Orbeta (Bachelor of Arts in English Language III), and Anjaylou Monisit (BSEd English II).
The lineup of performers featured Rozenda Mariae Leonil Festejo (Bachelor of Culture and Arts Education [BCAEd] II), Shiela Mae Delos Arcos (Bachelor of Physical Education III), and Martinez, along with other CNU-Chorale members, while Joel Japheth Guion (BCAEd IV) served as the musical composer, arranger, and director.
In an interview with Ang Suga, Orbeta explained that the creation of the song was a testament to the team’s dedication to diversity and collaboration.
“It not only stood as a proud representation of the CNU Chorale but also showcased the resilience and creativity inherent in the university’s artistic endeavors,” she emphasized.
Despite limited resources, Orbeta admitted that they meticulously prepared for the contest and delved into extensive lyric exploration and consultations with their coach and musical director to ensure adherence to guidelines.
Subsequently, their song also featured special participation from Joe Sean Tamayo (BCAEd IV) and Nerl Nathanielle Cutara (BCAEd IV).
The winners from the different HEIs in the region received a plaque of recognition, certificates, and cash prizes. §
The following are the set of awards and awardees:
1st place – CNU
2nd place – Holy Name University
3rd place – CNU
People’s Choice Award – Cebu Technological University (CTU)
1st place – CTU
2nd place – CNU
3rd place – Buenavista Community College
People’s Choice Award – CTU
1st place – St. Cecilia’s College – Cebu, Inc.
2nd place – Information & Communications Technology Academy, Inc
3rd place – Buenavista Community College
People’s Choice Award – Cordova Public College
1st place – Holy Name University
2nd place – University of Cebu (UC) – Main Campus
Words and Screenshots by Alea Marie Bareng